I was notified just now of a hack on the PLO website FATEH International Relations Commission. It has been almost 12 hours since the attack by a group called Israel Cyber Army. A user part of the group, Zurael sTz, is taking the credit.
— ✡Israel Cyber Army✡ (@group_ICA) January 9, 2017
— Zurael_sTz (@zurael_stz) January 10, 2017
I archived the site and it can be found here since the site administrators will eventually fix it.
I reached out to Zurael sTz for comment and was contacted by Israel Cyber Army. This individual told me they attacked the website for fun and sent me a link of a news report in Hebrew about an attack in East Jerusalem that killed 4 Israeli Soldiers. This is the story from Fox News in English.
This individual also said, “The PLO’s Mahmoud Abbas supports terrorism” and “All our actions against Islamic terrorism #OPIslam” #OpIslam is the hashtag the group is using for its hacks. The individual also informed me in the next few months there will be a “big surprise” pointing to information they will release about individuals tied to the PLO.
I asked them, “Do you have anything to say to Abbas or the PLO?”
Their response was simply, “Stop supporting terrorism.”
They used the security exploit SQL injection according to their tweets.
The American-Israeli relationship has been extremely tenuous as of late. I believe some of it has to do with the Obama administration meddling in Israeli elections in addition to the cold shoulder the current administration has given Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for several years.
However, our relationship may change with the Trump administration. The incoming Trump administration has announced plans to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Palestine and other Arab nations have been vehemently opposed to the proposal. Along with President-elect Trump vowing to move the embassy to Jerusalem, Senators Cruz (R-TX), Rubio (R-FL), and Heller (R-NV) introduced the “Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act” to distinguish Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to relocate the U.S. embassy in an effort to “remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected as they have been by Israel since 1967.” This will likely cause a further deterioration in the Palestinian-Israeli relationship. We can expect a strong response from Palestine and it’s allies in the Middle East if the bill is passed.
Ian Erickson is New Media Central’s Editor-in-Chief and co-host of The Patriarchy Show. Follow him on Twitter.
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